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Eagle Senior Spotlight: Angel De Alba

By Coal Ahime Ruiz

Angel De Alba, a Jalisco native, immigrated to the United States at the age of 14 to reunite with his father, who had relocated to the United States to provide a better life for his family. He was immediately enrolled in Benton Middle School after arriving here, where he struggled to keep up due to a significant language barrier. He was able to take English classes before coming here, but they were insufficient for him to maintain a conversation. He didn’t feel like he fit in at school or in society, feeling lonely and like a pin in a stack.

Angel recalls telling his father on his first day of school that he couldn’t do it, that he couldn’t adapt to a new nation, culture, society, language, and a new life. Not to be discouraged any longer, he took a break from school and did everything he could to assist him to improve his language skills. Angel was encouraged to overcome all odds and learn from it by taking English classes, reading small books with small stories, and even watching TV in English as much as possible. Not only did he use his feelings of loneliness and frustration to propel him, but he was also able to communicate with his cousins in English. With this assistance, he was able to travel to Waite, where he made wonderful friends who made the transition much easier.

Not only did this experience change him, but he also used it to his advantage, allowing him to grow and obtain a better grasp of his capabilities. With his charisma and motivation, he was able to place in the Top 10 of our graduating class and participate in programs, clubs, and athletics, including our school’s soccer team, CSF, AVID, and Cerritos College’s President Scholars Academy. It is also with his faith, that he also takes pride and is grateful for being catholic as it helped him keep a clear head and that good will come to those who work for it. He would like to express his gratitude to his friends, family, instructors, and tutors for making all of this possible and for assisting him in achieving his objectives. Now that he has been reclassified as a fluent English speaker, he wishes to inspire others who have had to adapt to a new environment to not give up and to keep working hard, because one day everyone will achieve their full potential.

His advice to other students is to get involved in as many activities as possible to not only get unique experiences and outstanding awards but also to value any kind of aid and direction, particularly from our amazing instructors. Angel hopes to pursue Kinesiology or Exercise and Sports Science after high school because he wants to be a physical therapist or an athletic trainer, and thus support and assist his parents as they have always done for him and his three younger siblings. He also hopes that not only his peers, but also his siblings will see that with hard work, devotion, and support, everything is achievable. He hopes that his experience inspires others to not only achieve and pursue their goals but also to keep pushing forward no matter what obstacles they face.

Coal Ahime Ruiz

Coal Ahime Ruiz is a senior at John Glenn High School and an enthusiastic observer. They plan on attending college in Fall 2022 with the hopes to pursue a career in animation & character design. With this, Coral has worked on various projects that conduct working with others, taking patience, and influencing organization skills in a timely manner. They conduct projects such as lining and coloring animations for a small YouTuber with over 120k subscribers under a hidden and discreet alias. They own great knowledge of video and photo editing, along with drawing, design, and animation concepts. Coral is also currently the manager of the girls’ tennis squad at JGHS and plans on spreading their expressive and exuberant influence onto others.

Eagle Senior Spotlight: Vince Bulosan

by Coal Ahime Ruiz

Moving from the Philippines to California at a young age, Vince Bulosan has demonstrated not only academic and personal success, but is also currently ranked #1 in the 2022 senior class with an overall 4.5 GPA.

Not only did moving negatively affect him, but he managed to pursue his academic achievements and pushed through his hardships to get where he is. Due to moving to an entirely new country than where he was born, he had a hard time recovering emotionally after leaving what he was accustomed to. This prompted him to keep to himself and have difficulty relating to others. However, after a while he gained the courage to associate himself with others and meet people through his select friendships.

Thanks to friends, Vince managed to get through the stress and pushed forward with his goals. Vince gratefully admires and adores his friends; and because of this, his best advice to freshmen is to always have friends to rely on whether it is to help each other in class or to also feel good enough to push through and achieve your goals.

Ultimately, after graduation, Vince hopes to pursue his dream of becoming an astronomer at Caltech, his dream school.


Eagles Girls’ Tennis Recap (10/14)

by Coal Ahime Ruiz

It’s been a great learning experience for the Eagles Girls’ Tennis this year. From showing sportsmanship, to going through every round of the game with grit, they managed to encourage each other from one match to the next, all while showing personal and athletic improvement. 

Girls’ tennis put in hours of practice, and displayed dedication to the team. So far they have held matches against seven schools, all showing incredible results, but to no avail–they have yet to score a win despite a few close calls. With our seniors, Abigail Avila, Alexa Cabrera, Jocel Valdez, Anyssa Nerio, Breanna Song, and Jessica Gomez, they are making sure to leave their mark and imprint onto their teammates. Our Juniors, Andrea Urena, and Stany Hernandez, showing motivation and spirit through their plays. The sophomores, Destiny Aguilar, Iris Buckley, Gianna Morales, and Arianna Hernandez, emphasizing and being there for their team. And our Freshmen, Ida Turner, Anh Dang, Meera Ghandi, Jennifer Medina, Alondra Juarez, and Moaniuee Commander, are making a name for themselves. All of them have put in a huge amount of effort in trusting their teammates, but to also improve after each game,

Regardless of having free days, they still meet up as teammates to help each other with things such as making posters, or even forming a study group where they all help and collaborate. Having these sessions, games, and practices all brought them closer as teammates, but also makes everyone feel like they are part of a family.

2021 Eagles Girls Tennis